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Growing Self Sufficiency: Start Your Journey Of Self Sufficiency

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Self sufficiency is a growing trend right now–and for good reason.  Once you get a taste of providing for yourself, you realize it’s one of the most rewarding adventures you could pursue.  From having a few potted plants or a beehive on your balcony, to having full-out acreage with larger animals, there is a level of self sufficiency we can all achieve when we’re willing to put in the time and sweat.

Knowing where and how to start is often what keeps us from taking that first step.  Once we map out our direction and choose a starting point, this new plan becomes our driving force.

If you are looking for that driving force, or just want a little bit more information before you further your journey, then this is one resource you’re going to find incredibly helpful.

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Building A Root Cellar: A Homesteader’s Bank Account

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A couple years ago we knew we would have to build a new root cellar.  Not only was the current one letting the mice in, but we actually worried it would soon collapse in on itself.

We began drafting plans for the new root cellar, making a supply list, and pricing those items.  We knew we’d save on costs by building it ourselves, and we really liked that idea anyway–we’d get exactly what we wanted.

I’m not going to lie to you–it’s not as easy as you might think.  You’ve got to consider the water level, the frost line, drainage, and air flow, among other things.  It’s not quite as simple as it may first appear.

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ReCAP Fermentation Starter Kit Review

* I was provided the following reCAP Fermentation Starter Kit from Mason Jars Company in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.*

 

Fermenting foods is a health trend that’s coming back in style right now.  Much like pressure canning, it’s a skill our fore-bearers used extensively to prepare and serve foods.  This skill fell by the wayside for awhile as tin cans and convenience foods came en vogue.

Currently, there’s a push to return to our roots, and fermentation is an excellent skill to bring us closer to our heritage.  Luckily for us, we’ve got it much easier than our ancestors did.  The equipment we have available today makes it easier to attain the same results with less inconvenience.

Traditionally, vegetables have been fermented (mostly for preservation reasons) by the process of lacto-fermentation.  Vegetables are submerged in a brine and kept in a cool, dark place.  In this manner, naturally present bacteria (usually lactobaccillus,  or bifidus strains) or yeast begin breaking down sugars and starches, giving off gasses.  This results in the need for “burping” the jars, or special equipment to allow the gasses to escape.

I was blessed with the reCAP Fermentation Kit from Mason Jars Company to use and review early in the spring and I’m very excited to share it with you today.  If you’ve ever been curious about this process, or the kit, then I hope to answer your questions here.

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Brother SE1800 Sewing And Embroidery Machine Review

* I was provided the following sewing and embroidery machine from Sewing Machines Plus in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.*

 

One of the highlights of this winter’s sewing season was receiving a Brother SE1800 Sewing and Embroidery machine from Sewing Machines Plus.  Any avid seamstress knows the excitement—your mind fills with the colors of the season, the texture of fabrics, and the femininity of laces and fine stitching.

It was delivered to my doorstep in only a couple days, and I immediately got to work.

As soon as it arrived, I pulled the Operators Manual out and read it front to back, highlighting and marking everything I wanted to do for this review.  Since it’s such a magnificent machine, I am unable to go into the details here of all of it’s capabilities, but I’ll share all the ups and downs of what I’ve been creating with it these last few weeks.

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Berkey Light Water Filtration System And Earth Filters Review

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We recently had the very exciting privilege to review the Berkey Light water filtration system with the new Earth filters.  I can’t tell you just how much our family loves the Berkey filters, so as you can imagine, this was a huge treat for us.

If you’ve been looking at the Berkey filtration systems (and what homesteader doesn’t drool over them?) then this will hopefully give you the insight you need to move toward a decision.

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Tworld Rifle Bipod And Rail Mount Reveiw


* I was provided the following rifle bipod and rail mount from Tworld in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.*

 

Elk season has just ended here, and we’re past deer season as well.  Are you a hunter?  How did you do?  Did everything go perfectly?  Or do you wish things had gone a bit differently?  Maybe you could have used a little bit of help?

One bit of help we’ve been wanting for awhile was a new rifle bipod.  We’ve been researching them for a couple months, trying to decide what to get.  When an offer to review one from Tworld came along, we jumped on it.  If you are looking for a new rifle bipod (or are thinking of getting one as a gift for someone else), then keep reading.

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Mastering Basic Cheesemaking: Get Started In One Hour

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If our family had to pay for every grocery item we bought instead of making/producing/growing our own, dairy would be one of our biggest expenses. It would be safe to say that we go through a gallon of milk and a pound of cheese nearly every day.  That doesn’t even cover the butter, sour cream, yogurt, and other dairy products we use.

As you can imagine, a family like ours benefits greatly from being able to make our own cheeses, buttermilk, sour cream, yogurts, etc.  Likewise, many families could not only cut their grocery budgets by making their own, but also create beautiful memories with their kids as they enjoy the cheese-making process with their family.

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Off-Grid Inspiration: Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead

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My husband and I have often tossed around the thought of how hard it would be if we had to start our homestead from scratch all over again.  I mean, the thought of what our family went through over 150 years ago to settle this land is quite intimidating.

Could we ever do this from scratch?  How would we pay for everything that was needed to get started?  I can’t imagine not having my orchard, our animals, or even our house.  Our water comes passively from ponds built by our family before us with passive systems, or a well nearly 200 feet down.

If we had to build this all over from the ground up, where would we start?  How would we start?

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Hoss Double Wheel Hoe And Attachment Review (Plow, Sweeps, Cultivating Teeth)

* I was provided the following double wheel hoe, plow, sweeps and cultivating teeth from Hoss in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.*

 

For a short and intense season each year, our family is immersed in our garden.  Yes, immersed.

By 5 a.m. most members are in one of the gardens or fields.  We are busy cultivating, dreaming, planting, laughing, watering, weeding, sharing, eating, living, harvesting.

This is an almost daily ritual that consumes our mornings, and eats our days until lunch time.  And as soon as the evening starts to cool, we are often back for more.

Nothing grows a family together like growing a family garden and running a family farm.  And you better believe, all my children have a work ethic.  Growing food brings us together, teaches us values, commitment, loyalty, and a love for the soil.

This year, we were generously supplied the Hoss Double Wheel Hoe with some attachments.  We have been using the cultivating teeth, oscillating hoe, plows, and sweeps in our garden growing rituals and they have been a real blessing.

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A Toolkit For Women Farmers

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Although it hasn’t always been true for me, farming is now a way of life that I have quite comfortably woven my life around.  I eat, sleep and breathe farm life.  There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that we work hard, and with God’s grace are able to produce clean quality food that will feed many families.

Our crop variety and production as well as the meat we supply, rotate with the markets in an ever changing way that not even we understand at times.  But one thing remains a constant: my Farmer who was born on and raised as a farmer on this homestead has always known what to do and how to do it.

It’s not a secret in our tight group of friends that should the Farmer pass away first, I would not be able to run the farm the same way he does.  Even though I am involved in so much of what goes on and the decisions made, without him, I couldn’t even pretend things wouldn’t have to change.

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